The Motor City

There’s nothing I love more than a nice long drive… okay, there are a few things, but this girl loves her road trips! So, a couple of weekends ago we headed up to “that state up north”, also known to non-Columbusonian’s as Michigan, to visit family in Lansing and go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment idea to go up to Lansing as Josh and I both had that Friday off.

After arriving late Thursday night, we spent most of Friday just putzing around Lansing, hanging out with family. We were able to surprise Josh’s uncle at work with a bright pink cookie cake for his birthday- who doesn’t love surprise cake?! And of course we had a lunch date at the Lansing staple, Jersey Giant. It was good to just relax and catch up with family, and tell them all about our trip to Washington D.C.!

We left Lansing bright and early on Saturday morning to drive down to Detroit to check into our hotel and meet with a vendor that Josh works with who got us the tickets for the auto show. Josh booked us a room in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit- you know the one, where GM’s headquarters are located with the revolving restaurant at the very top, 72 floors up? Yeah, that one.

Detroit Collage

We had a gorgeous view across the river to Canada on the 56th floor of the Ren Center (as Michigander’s call it…), and I kid you not, the first words out of my mouth when I saw our view from our wall-sized window were, “I can see Canada… Oh my God we’re going to die!” You see, I have a pretty decent fear of heights… so looking down wasn’t the best idea for me. But as long as I looked out the window, I was met with a breathtaking view. Detroit is an industrial city, there’s no doubt about it, but there is a stark beauty that can be found in the middle of winter. Each time we came back to the room, the view looked different -afternoon, evening, night, early morning- each was more beautiful than the last.

Atlas Collage

We met up with the vendor and toured the auto show for a few hours while the boys talked shop. I had my face in the camera almost the whole time- trying to perfect my photographing techniques (or lack there of…). We had lunch on the company — thanks Dell, it was de-li-cious!

lincoln Collage

Later, after we walked back to the Cobo Center, we were able to meet up with Josh’s sister, her friend, one of Josh’s brothers, his girlfriend, and one of Josh’s many cousins. It was a grand old time. The crowd had swelled to an almost unbearable size, but we pressed on, oogling at the new Corvette Stingray, Audi’s SQ5, and Ford’s new concept for the truck, the Atlas- all while questioning the existence of a Mopar Fiat… we certainly live in different times now, my friends.

audi collage

When we finally got tired of all the glitz, glam, and shiny-ness of the auto show, some of us walked back once again to the Ren Center (are you seeing a theme here?) to figure out our next step. Which, I never would have guessed it, but it turned out to be a movie! A movie in a hotel. Who would have thought?? I knew it was a rather large building but when I heard that it had its own movie theatre I was blown away.

Either way, this time around, Detroit surprised me, maybe it was just because we took the time to look around and really visit the city, who knows. Staying in the Ren Center was a complete blast- I think we’ll have to stay there again at some point, maybe if I ever get a passport so we can take the tunnel to Canada… We sure did have a grand time though- hanging out with family, being distracted by shiny cars, and devouring some tasty food- Detroit definitely left quite the impression on me.

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